September marks the beginning of harvest season for wineries, making it the perfect time to sip, savor, and swirl your favorite wines. From grape stomp parties and harvest dinners to exclusive wine tastings, featured here are three fun ways to celebrate California Wine Month during the month of September.
What is California Wine Month?
As DiscoverCaliforniaWines.com shares, “California Wine Month in September celebrates one of our signature agricultural products and all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State. September is also a great time to plan a visit to California Wine Country. Wineries and regions throughout the state will be marking the harvest and celebrating California Wine Month with special tastings, festivals, wine immersion experiences, tours, concerts and more.”
From San Luis Obispo to Monterey County to Napa Valley, there are a number of wine regions throughout California to explore and enjoy. Whether you’re based in Southern California or Northern California, planning a weekend trip to one of these premiere destination spots with a plan to visit wineries is a great way to take advantage of September’s spectacular weather, while indulging in the best that the region has to offer.
3 Fun Ways To Celebrate California Wine Month
1. Grape Stomp Parties: Roll up your pants and take off your shoes; it’s time to crush grapes! If you’ve never had the opportunity to get in on the action, now’s the ideal time to head to a grape stomp party. SeeCalifornia published a list of grape stomp parties throughout California (from Arroyo Grande up through St. Helena) that are being held by a variety of wineries.
As an example, Grgich Hills (a wonderful winery with exceptional wines) is hosting one of these famed grape stomp parties. Celebrate the start of harvest with Mike Grgich by stomping grapes and then enjoying traditional Croatian grilled sausages and a buffet dinner! How fun is that?!
2. Harvest Dinners: If you prefer to keep your heels on and sport your finest apparel, then you’d definitely enjoy attending a harvest dinner. These dinners are a fun opportunity to meet the winemakers and learn the history of their brands, in addition to sampling delectable foods that perfectly pair with their wines. Plus, get acquainted with other wine aficionados and wine club members, for the ultimate social outing.
NapaVintners published a list of harvest dinners happening around Napa Valley. As an example, the must-see Peju Province Winery is hosting a grand harvest dinner on September 19th, complete with a wine tasting welcome reception, dinner in the vineyard, and dessert and dancing in the Peju tower.
3. Exclusive Wine Tastings: For those who want to stay close to home, but still enjoy California Wine Month, opt for one of the wine tastings at a nearby wine tasting room or winery. Wineries throughout California will be hosting exclusive wine tastings for club members throughout this time period.
The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau published a list of wineries and wine tasting rooms throughout Monterey County that offer daily wine tastings. Call ahead to reserve an exclusive wine tasting experience, and get ready to sample the newest offerings straight from the vineyard.
For tips on what to wear to go wine tasting, check out the Inspirations & Celebrations‘ style guide for tips on the types of apparel, accessories, and shoes that are appropriate for going wine tasting.
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